With over 25 years in the Information Technology Services industry, Rodney Rogers, CEO of Virtustream, is a well-recognized thought leader and successful entrepreneur.
Rodney was co-founder, chairman and CEO of Virtustream Inc., a leading cloud software and services company that was acquired in July of 2015 by EMC for $1.2B. Virtustream introduced the first consumption-based hybrid cloud software and IaaS platform capable of providing commercial application latency performance guarantees for running mission-critical enterprise class applications on modern multi-tenant cloud architectures. Virtustream represents a key transformational element of EMC’s new cloud strategy.
Prior to Virtustream, Rodney was the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Adjoined. Adjoined was known as the fastest growing U.S.-based IT Services company from its inception through its acquisition by Kanbay (NASDQ: KBAY) in 2006. Rodney then became COO of Kanbay, a 7,000 person global IT Services firm, which was subsequently acquired by Capgemini (Paris: CAP) in 2007. As such, Adjoined set the bar for private U.S.-based IT Services value creation in the post-2000 era.
Rodney has been recognized consistently as a businessman, an entrepreneur and a technologist including being named to Kennedy Research's global list of "Top 25 Most Influential Consultants", being a finalist for the Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" award multiple times, and most recently, ranking 3rd on the global Forbes list of "Best Cloud Computing Companies and CEOs To Work For In 2015.”
Rodney is a Board Member of UnitedLex, a leading India-based Knowledge Process Outsourcer, and Greensmith, an emerging leader in distributed energy storage software technology. Rodney is also an early-stage investor in technology growth companies such as Cloud Sherpas, BetterCloud, StrataCloud and iYogi.
Kevin Reid is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience delivering best in class performance for companies by way of innovation, optimization and transformation..
Kevin was co-founder and CTO of Virtustream Inc., a leading cloud software and services company that was acquired in July of 2015 by EMC for $1.2B. Virtustream introduced the first consumption-based hybrid cloud software and IaaS platform capable of providing commercial application latency performance guarantees for running mission-critical enterprise class applications on modern multi-tenant cloud architectures. Virtustream represents a key transformational element of EMC’s new cloud strategy. Kevin is now the President & CTO of Virtustream, an EMC Federation Company, responsible for designing the solutions that enable our enterprise clients to drive business value and IT transformation.
Before Virtustream, Kevin was a co-founder and the CTO of Adjoined Consulting, a US based management consulting, technology and outsourcing firm targeting the global 2000 market. Adjoined was known as the fastest growing U.S.-based IT Services company from its inception through its acquisition by Kanbay (NASDQ: KBAY) in 2006. Kevin then became the Global Practice lead for the Business Intelligence Practice of Kanbay, which was subsequently acquired by Capgemini (Paris: CAP) in 2007. Kevin continued with Capgemini as the North American practice leader for Business Intelligence and Enterprise Architecture.
Prior to Adjoined Kevin was CIO for a privately held corporation and the largest producer and distributor of sweeteners in the United States. Before that, he was with Accenture's Consumer Products Industry Practice.
In addition, Kevin is president of Blue Lagoon Advisors, LLC, a private U.S-based executive advisory and private equity firm and chairman of the board for Greensmith Energy Management Systems, LLC, an emerging leader in distributed energy storage technology.
John Hill is an IT executive with extensive global IT transformation experience for multi-billion dollar enterprises, skilled at leading all aspects of the IT function. As COO, John has overall responsibility for Virtustream’s full revenue cycle including Professional Services, Cloud Platform Delivery and Global Data Center Operations.
Prior to Virtustream, John was Global CIO and vice-president of Global Shared Services at Veyance, a private equity owned company by the Carlyle group. Veyance was spun out of Goodyear in 2007 and was sold to Continental AG on February 1, 2015. While at Veyance, John transformed the IT function with the explicit objective of releasing enterprise value. He did this by leveraging mature cloud technology, rebuilding the IT organization, standardizing on ITIL IT service delivery and focusing IT talent on creating customer value. The result was a global scale IT and business transformation including the creation of global shared services in Manila, Philippines and SLP, Mexico. The shared services implementation involved building a captive center consolidating the back office functions of Finance, Customer Service, HR, Procurement, Master Data Management and IT service desk from 13 countries and 25 locations.
John was also CIO/CTO for Siemens IT Solutions & Services responsible for the Innovation and Offering Development function in North America. He modernized the application portfolio through the implementation of SAP ERP and led the architecture, development and deployment of a robust Private Cloud offering providing SIS with a leading IaaS capability. Prior to Siemens, he was CIO of Praxair, the largest industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide, and CIO of Applera, one of the largest international biotechnology companies based in the United States.
John has a Bachelor of Arts in politics/philosophy from Princeton University and completed the Harvard Executive Programs in accounting and finance.
Steve Webber is the Chief Financial Officer of Virtustream with global responsibility for the accounting, finance, corporate development, security operations and IT activities for the company.
Prior to joining Virtustream, Steve was the senior vice president of Finance and Operations at EMC Corporation, recently supporting the Global Enterprise Services organization. Steve spent over 19 years at EMC Corporation in various financial roles including Corporate Finance, International Finance, Sales Finance and Operations for Latin America and business partner roles supporting the Enterprise Software Division and Global Services. In his most recent role, the Global Services organization grew to $5B in revenue.
Steve also spent four years at Deloitte & Touche LLP in Boston in the audit practice with a focus on public companies. He has both a Bachelor of Science degree and an MBA from Babson College.
Erin Motameni is Chief Human Resources Officer for Virtustream and has responsibility for all areas of Human Resources for Virtustream, globally.
Prior to joining Virtustream in July of 2015, Erin was senior vice president of Human Resources with EMC corporation, with responsibility for the HR teams supporting EMC’s Global Field Sales and Customer Operations Organizations, Worldwide Manufacturing, IT, Global Services, and EMC’s Engineering Centers of Excellence in Israel, Brazil, Russia, India, China, Ireland, North Carolina and Utah. She also oversaw EMC’s Learning and Development teams (EMCU) and Corporate Diversity and Inclusion.
Erin was a founder of EMC’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts, which has been broadly recognized for excellence, and launched EMC’s Corporate Women’s Leadership Forum, which today boasts 21 international chapters and thousands of members around the globe. Erin expanded the model of the WLF and chartered and managed all EMC Employee Circles, which today touch over 25,000 EMC employees around the world.
Erin has spent over 20 years working in Human Resources in technology organizations. She joined EMC in 1999 as vice president of Staffing and has held a series of HR executive roles since that time.
Prior to EMC, Erin was the vice president of Worldwide Human Resources for Data General Corporation where she worked more than than 10 years. She began her HR career with Shawmut Bank of Boston.
Erin is a graduate of Boston College and continued with graduate studies in the MBA program at Boston University. She is a volunteer with Big Brother/ Big Sister, and is active in many professional Human Resources organizations. She is a member of the Boston Club Executive Women’s organization and also serves as a board member of the Ibis Institute for Women’s Leadership.
Simon West has spent his career marketing business-to-business technology solutions, and played a key role in two of the largest transactions in the cloud computing industry.
Prior to joining Virtustream, Simon was founder and principal of Monophonic, a brand strategy and communications design firm. He was formerly chief marketing officer for SoftLayer Technologies. Over a two-year period, he directed a repositioning that established the company as a global leader in cloud infrastructure, ultimately leading to its sale to IBM in 2013 for $2 billion.
Before SoftLayer, West served as CMO for Terremark, where he executed a comprehensive brand relaunch, positioning the company as a brand leader in the managed services industry and at the forefront of the emerging cloud computing revolution, and executed marketing programs resulting in unprecedented brand awareness, industry recognition, revenue growth, and sale of the company in 2011 to Verizon for $2 billion.
Previously, West spent 11 years with Data Return, where he was part of the initial start-up team and played an instrumental role in taking the company through foundational business planning, product definition and systems development, through the planning and execution of an Initial Public Offering.
Todd McNabb leads Global Sales at Virtustream. He is responsible for driving Virtustream’s global growth strategy and market leadership by delivering and supporting the full range of Virtustream’s Cloud Services and Software solutions. He is also responsible for ensuring that Virtustream’s customer facing and service professionals understand, communicate and deliver the unique value Virtustream brings to its customers and partners.
Before joining Virtustream, Todd led the Global Sales organization for CSC Cloud Business Unit, where he was responsible for the end-to-end strategies to advance the company’s Cloud Computing position in the US, ANZ, EMEA, and APAC. Under Todd’s leadership CSC’s Cloud Business Unit became the fastest growing segment in CSC and was recognized as the market leader for public and private cloud in 2013-2014.
Prior to CSC, Todd spent over a decade at IBM, where he was responsible for executing IBM’s software, hardware, and Global Services strategy to IBM’s largest Global Manufacturing and A&D clients. He was recognized as a thought leader in his practice and received multiple awards for his achievements in high margin growth and delivery excellence.
Simon Walsh is Virtustream’s Managing Director responsible for leading global efforts to progress our vertical market Go-To-Market (GTM) initiatives, Global Account priorities, Federation channel efforts and external channel GTM efforts.
Before Virtustream, Simon was the senior vice president and Chief Operating Officer for EMC EMEA, where he was responsible for delivering growth, through meeting the needs of EMC’s customers and driving transformation across EMEA toward a consultative solutions capability. His responsibilities also included portfolio development, segmentation, sales, new customer acquisition, customer service and overall commercial accountability for Profit and Loss.
Prior to joining EMC, Simon was executive vice president and member of the Executive Committee for Colt Technology Services. He was also non-executive director and latterly stood-in as CEO of MarketPrizm, a wholly-owned Colt subsidiary.
Previously, Simon was Managing Director at Computacenter UK Ltd, where he spent 17 years, undertaking various field, central, operational and management positions in sales, services and strategy.
Dan Campbell is a 30 year industry veteran leading the global Strategic Alliances organization at Virtustream.
Dan came to Virtustream from EMC where, for the past 17 years, he served in various senior management roles in Sales, Marketing, and Sales Operations. Most recently, Dan ran EMC’s Global Storage Specialty Sales starting in October 2013. This organization was comprised of more than 2,500 Global Sales and Presales personnel and impacting >$16B in EMC product revenue. Dan’s extended team was responsible for EMC’s Storage & Backup product focus areas including: XtremIO, Isilon, V-Max and VNX, all Data Protection Solutions, and Software Defined Solutions. Additional roles Dan has held at EMC include Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Sales for EMC Corporation’s Backup Recovery Systems Division (BRS). Prior to joining BRS in 2011, Dan was the Divisional Vice President for EMC’s Enterprise Sales Division for the Western United States starting in 2005.
Since 2006, Dan has served as the Executive Sponsor for EMC’s West Coast Women’s Leadership Group and he sits on EMC’s Diversity Executive Committee. Dan also plays an active role in many important community causes including past co-chair and on-going participation with the Second Harvest Food Bank, providing assistance to Boulder, CO youth via the I Have a Dream Foundation, assisting US Veterans by working with the Pat Tillman Foundation and helping in the effort to cure pediatric brain cancer through his service for the Team Jack Foundation.
Christina Colby is a seasoned technology services executive with a keen focus on ensuring delivery excellence and advancing client outcomes for our flagship global accounts.
Before Virtustream, Christina was with Capgemini Group responsible for go-to-market, business development, and solutions for their rapidly-growing, market-leading services business focused on the Insurance segment. In this capacity, she was considered an industry thought leader and delivery expert both domestically and internationally. Prior to that, Christina led a business information management capability for Capgemini Financial Services. She also served as an executive coach and sat on an advisory team for digital transformation.
Earlier in her career, Christina discovered her passion for data and business insights in her role with Adjoined Consulting, a management consulting, technology, and outsourcing firm.
Christina holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Carnegie Mellon University.
Simon Aspinall leads Virtustream’s Service Provider Business. He is responsible for the global software and IAAS businesses with service providers. He has built a significant business worldwide for the company through driving new customer adoption and expanding Virtustream’s global service provider network - resulting in the widespread adoption of Virtustream’s xStream cloud management software. Previously, Simon has been responsible for Virtustream’s Strategy, International businesses, Vertical Markets business and was Virtustream’s Chief Marketing Officer.
Prior to Virtustream, Simon spent more than a decade at Cisco Systems—a cloud innovator and worldwide leader in networking—Simon brought extensive high tech strategy, sales, and business development experience to Virtustream. He led Cisco’s Global Marketing for Cloud, Mobility, and Data Center (SP) businesses, where he created and executed marketing strategies to help each business grow to over a billion dollars in revenue. During his time at Cisco, he also held senior leadership roles in sales, business development, and technology teams in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Before Cisco, Simon was the founder of an Internet incubator, Kickstart Ventures, with operations in five countries. Simon had also spent eight years at Mercer Management Consulting.
Simon holds a master’s degree in engineering and computer science from Oxford University, and a master’s degree in business administration from INSEAD. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and a commentator on the IT, telecom, and networking sectors.
Joe Moye brings over 30 years of diverse experience as a leader in the technology arena and joins Virtustream after successfully driving the transformation of the enterprise business of a publicly traded software company. He also founded and built a highly successful analytics and data management business, which was acquired and integrated into a leading, global professional services company.
Joe heads up Virtustream’s public sector business, a new business unit that reinforces Virtustream’s commitment to providing the public sector with enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure capable of delivering the guaranteed performance and uptime needed to operate mission-critical workloads in the cloud. Prior to joining Virtustream, he was the President of the Enterprise Customer Business Unit at Blackbaud (BLKB) where he helped the business drive its transformation into a Cloud centric solution set while delivering a record performance in customer satisfaction and shareholder value.
Before joining Blackbaud, Joe was president and CEO for Capgemini Government Solutions, where he aggressively expanded the company in the U.S. public sector marketplace. Prior to Capgemini, Mr. Moye was the founder and CEO of Gazelle Consulting, Inc., a branded leader in analytics and data management professional services based in Atlanta, Ga. Gazelle was acquired by Adjoined Consulting in 2005 and Joe integrated his team and led the combined Business Intelligence practice and, ultimately Kanbay’s practice after its acquisition of Adjoined, prior to Capgemini acquiring Kanbay. Before founding Gazelle Consulting, Mr. Moye held multiple leadership positions with Sequent Computer Systems and Unisys where he was responsible for leading business units and channels both domestically and internationally.
Mr. Moye holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Florida State University.
Peter Lacoste leads Virtustream’s Global Infrastructure Managed Services business. He is responsible for setting the strategy, driving execution and creating best practices for the Virtustream Infrastructure Managed Services team. Through his leadership he enables Virtustream customers to realize business value by providing them with a choice of consumption models and by delivering cutting edge hybrid Cloud and innovative IT solutions. His organization is laser focused on providing customers with an exceptional total customer experience. The result is a business that is growing at a rate better than the market, with a global presence and customers in all major industry sectors.
Prior to Virtustream, Peter has held multiple senior leadership roles in EMC, including leading the Asia Pacific/Japan (APJ) organization where he had responsibility for EMC’s Professional Services, Presales, Consulting and Support services teams. In this role, he was also responsible for various strategic initiatives including the development of Six Sigma and client care in APJ.
Peter holds a Master’s degree in Technology Management from the University of Queensland, Australia. Peter is also a foundation member of the TSIA Managed Services Board.
Vanessa Candela, Virtustream’s General Counsel, has extensive experience as a corporate, transactions and securities attorney. She is responsible for leading corporate legal initiatives, in addition to advising senior management on company strategies and direction.
Prior to joining Virtustream, Vanessa was Assistant General Counsel for EMC, with a primary focus on mergers & acquisitions, strategic investments, securities and other corporate matters. She was the lead counsel for EMC on more than $4 billion of acquisitions and strategic investments and has counseled EMC and RSA, The Security Division of EMC, in a variety of business matters.
Before joining EMC, Vanessa was an attorney at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston where she counseled a variety of public and private clients on a broad range of matters including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings and other general business matters. She also co-chaired the Communications Committee of the Business Transactions and Financial Services Sections of the Boston Bar Association in 2013 and 2014, and has been a member of the Steering Committee for Northeastern University School of Law’s Women in the Law Conference since 2010. In 2014, Vanessa was named In-House Leader in the Law by Lawyers Weekly.
Vanessa earned her Bachelor of Science in finance from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law.
Cherie Whitney is the Chief of Staff primarily responsible for corporate development, executive program implementation and the orchestration of cross functional priorities focused on accelerating growth. Leveraging her role as a financial and operational leader in the technology sector, Cherie has demonstrated the ability to effectively collaborate across global organizations to support and drive strategic initiatives.
Prior to joining Virtustream, she served as vice president of Corporate Development at EMC Corporation and managed the execution of targeted and opportunistic acquisitions, dispositions, investments and joint ventures. As part of EMC’s Corporate Development team, Cherie was instrumental in facilitating over $11 billion in software, hardware and other technology acquisitions, which helped expand EMC’s market position and realize corporate strategic and financial goals. In advance of joining Corporate Development, Cherie worked in the EMC Marketing organization.
Cherie holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Bentley University, as well as a master’s degree in Communication, Culture and Economics from Georgetown University. She is active in women’s advocacy programs in the technology field and dedicates time to coaching and engaging entrepreneurs in various incubator programs.